846. Peregrine
Massachusetts Centinel, 26 April 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, There is another point of very considerable importance in which the minds of our country friends have undergone a revolution—In the metropolis exists at present mischievous parties, who have been blowing up the coals of jealousy among the people; these hopeful agents of old ANARCH have long dinned our ears with “aristocratick junto,” “better sort,” “well born,” &c.—they have been incessant in their labours to inflate the publick mind with envy, distrust and suspicion, respecting those characters which long experience has convinced us, are worthy of our confidence—and whom there appears a disposition in the people still to trust in—notwithstanding the arts and misrepresentations of this crabbed, disappointed, mushroom junto.

That class of citizens opprobiously termed aristocrats, by the small, but restless junto in this metropolis, have been commonly denominated “our GREAT MEN” in the country; and it has proved so great a misfortune to many parts of the State, where insurgency and antifederalism have prevailed, that property and former services, which ought to have recommended many individuals to the suffrages of the people, were the very circumstances which operated to prevent their election. Great men, rich men and tyrants have been synonimous terms—Hence we have seen what we have seen in our S. and even in C. men, whom the author of nature never intended for any thing more than Tythingmen—or, as the Hon. A. S. said in Convention, “fit to frame laws for the yoaking of geese and hogs.”

There is, however, a little of this leaven remaining in some parts of Worcester and Bristol counties, but this year we trust it will exhaust itself.

The good people find that a spirit of jealousy and discord, has been fomented by those, who never were friends to this country, their fellow men, nor the places that gave them birth—that debts, loss of character and credit, are the spurs that urge on these people in their opposition to justice, the federal government, and the peace and honour of the Commonwealth—Having found out the motive of these blundering politicians, they have withdrawn their confidence from them; and great men and wise men, and old patriots, are now beginning to be terms of a similar import.—Antifederalists and insurgents are now considered as the disturbers of the publick peace, and enemies to the country—very few of these characters will be returned from the country towns at the ensuing election.

The “aristocratick” croakers are fully known in the metropolis: Their influence which has long been on the decline is at length pretty fully destroyed—merit alone will recommend to the suffrages of the free electors of this town; and while we are seeking for worthy and capable men, we shall not inquire what denomination, sect or society they belong to.  Yours,